PRESCHOOL EDUCATION (3-5 years old)
Children are introduced to the ancient Greek language through simple, everyday talk and mythology. They discover the origin and etymology of words and create their own derivatives. Most importantly, they learn to collaborate, converse and gain useful lessons and advice. At the same time, greek history is taught through Greek customs and traditions.
CHILDRENS’ CLASSES (6-12 years old)
Correct use of the Greek language, philosophy, ideals, values; these are the goals for elementary school students every single year. The students create dialogues in Ancient Greek and are taught the Aesop’s Fables from the original text. Emphasis is given to the etymology of the words, while at the same time there is a combination of oral and written language. Polytonic writing begins and an introduction to grammar is made. Children, starting with simple dialogues, learn ancient Greek words, discover derivatives and realize that the Greek language is unified over time. Aesop’s morals elicit precious lessons and for their lives. Introduction to the polytonic system and grammar ease comprehension of texts.
In the first year, emphasis is given on the understanding of speech, etymological analysis and the use of the polytonic system, while in the 6th grade, the study of Homer’s Odyssey from the original text, begins. The goal is always the quantity and quality of stimuli and educational opportunities provided, as these are a determining factor for the mental and linguistic development of the student. Recent research in Neuroscience shows that practicing in an enriched environment increases neuronal synapses and causes neurogenesis. A study conducted on the students of Elliniki Agogi by Ioannis Tsegos, director of the Educational and Research Department of the Open Psychotherapy Center of Athens in 2007 and presented at the 18th Panhellenic Psychiatric Conference in Kos, demonstrated the importance of effective, mental development and coping with learning difficulties. Corresponding results are given by foreign studies. The rich and organized vocabulary of the ancient greek language, the etymological interpretation of the words and the correct spelling, the rhythmic expression, the acoustic and aesthetic cultivation, the teaching of standards and moral values, are primary learning objectives applied in our school, through all the educational and experiential activities that are carried out.
TEENS’ CLASSES (13 -16 years old)
Teenagers are introduced to the ancient Greek Philosophy, as a primary need of every person, combining the ancient Greek wisdom with modern concerns that are of particular interest to young people today. Moreover, they acquire and refine analytical and communications skills that make them better able to approach any problem creatively and successfully.
Students engage in the study of philosophical texts, also participating in rhetorical debates and philosophical “symposia” organized at the school. At the same time, they delve into the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the ancient greek language and learn to read excerpts from important works of the greek literature from the original text.
The goal is always to provide stimuli and educational opportunities as a determining factor for the mental and linguistic development of the student.